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Thought of the day

“The family you come from isn’t as important as the family you’re going to have.” — RING LARDNER, American humorist (1885-1933)

The Greeting

Snow lingered into the morning on Route 8A in Windsor on Tuesday. The unseasonably late snow should yield to warmer weather this week, according to forecasts.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hang on to your hats, 413, because this edition of TheBeat has so much news, you're going to feel like Maverick in "Top Gun," riding into the danger zone! Perhaps that's a bit much to describe a newsletter, but what I can promise is some very compelling news.

A Pittsfield intersection has seen 50 crashes in the past 10 years, including a recent car-versus-pedestrian accident, and city officials now are talking turkey about a redesign of the roadway.

Dalton voters give the green light to paying for a new Wahconah Regional High School. The cost to taxpayers in the school district's seven towns? About $41.33 million.

The state senator from the Berkshires is attempting to round up state funding to help cover the cost of a pilot run of the Berkshire Flyer, a proposed rail line from Boston to Pittsfield.

A tanker leaked fuel over roadway in the southern part of the county, on Route 23 from Egremont to Great Barrington. The tank might have leaked up to about 100 gallons. The state Department of Transportation and the state Department of Environmental Protection were at the scene.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Pedestrians hit in Tyler Street crosswalk as city eyes roadway redesign

PITTSFIELD — A man and woman escaped serious injury last week when they were struck by a pickup truck while in a Tyler Street crosswalk.But city officials and residents agree that the incident … more

Dalton voters spare 'drastic' cuts, back tax increase for new school

DALTON — Dalton voters agreed Monday to pay more in local taxes for a new Wahconah Regional High School, averting municipal cuts down the road that had officials sweating.The only cliffhanger … more

Several Berkshire towns elect new faces to Select Board

Four Select Board races highlighted another busy Monday of annual town elections in the Berkshires.Lee reelected a veteran incumbent, as West Stockbridge, New Marlborough and Sheffield voted in new … more

Judge orders psych evaluation for Appalachian Trail suspect

For the past couple of weeks, hikers along the Appalachian Trail had been warning each other about a hiker who was threatening other hikers with a large knife. more

Hinds seeks to get funding on track for Berkshire Flyer rail pilot

State Sen. Adam Hinds has filed budget amendments seeking state funding for a 2020 pilot run of the Berkshire Flyer, a proposed train route connecting Pittsfield and New York City.The two amendments … more

Cocaine possession gets Dalton man 2 years of probation

PITTSFIELD — A Dalton man who was caught with cocaine in his pocket while driving two men to buy drugs has been sentenced to two years of probation.Andrew Harding, 32, pleaded guilty in … more

Probation for North Adams woman who watched kids get beaten, didn't report

PITTSFIELD — A North Adams woman who failed to report ongoing abuse to two children under her care has been sentenced to two years of probation.Jessica Lescarbeau, 36, admitted in Berkshire … more

Road cleaned after tanker leaks fuel in southern Berkshire County

GREAT BARRINGTON — A tanker hauling concrete dust to Canaan, Conn., on Monday leaked diesel fuel on Route 23 from Egremont to Great Barrington. A motorist called police to report the streaming … more

Richmond search panel to dive into town administrator applications

RICHMOND — A search committee of seven residents is preparing to start sifting through a mini-deluge of applicants seeking to succeed Mark Pruhenski as town administrator.Pruhenski, appointed … more

The Weather


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The Business

'It made economic sense': MountainOne buying its own financial center

PITTSFIELD — Seven years after opening a financial center in the William Stanley Business Park of the Berkshires, MountainOne is planning to take sole ownership of that structure. The North … more

The Poll

The Landscape

'Nothing about us without us'

Former Williams College English professor Lauren Stevens helped history major Robert Quay with his 2004 senior thesis, "Mohawks, Model T's and Monuments." As a thank you, Quay sent Stevens a final … more

Popa Chubby's blues evoke life on the edge

DALTON — After a few decades in a particular line of work, many people are married to stability. Popa Chubby isn't one of those people."I have no balance in my life at all. My life is … more

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The Plan

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The Snap

Jenn Smith — The Berkshire Eagle
To emphasize the importance of the teaching profession during Teacher Appreciation Week, Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton held a “Future Teacher Signing Day” ceremony on May 9 for students from the Class of 2019 who intend to become educators.

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